Michael Flynn Discussed Sanctions With Russia Pre-Inauguration, Report Says

Trump's National Security Advisor is under fire after a Washington Post article alleged Flynn discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with Russia's ambassador to the U.S.
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Transcript for Michael Flynn Discussed Sanctions With Russia Pre-Inauguration, Report Says
Another top white house official in hot water. That's Mike Flynn. "The Washington post" reported that his contacts with the Russians before the inauguration were inappropriate, possibly illegal. Let's bring in our chief global affairs anchor, Martha Raddatz. At issue whether he was sending a signal about sanctions imposed about the election hacking. Reporter: Was the incoming national security adviser telling the Russians not to worry about those sanctions because things would change when trump became president. U.S. Citizens should not be negotiating with a foreign government under law. Flynn never denied he had communicated with the Russian ambassador. But as recently as Wednesday according to "The Washington post" said, no, when asked if sanctions were discussed. "The post" said that changed yesterday when a spokesman back add way from the denial saying while Flynn couldn't remember discussing sanctions he's not certain sanctions did not come up, George. Martha, he made those same denials to his colleagues in the white house. Listen to vice president Mike pence a few weeks back. I talked to general Flynn yesterday. And the conversations that took place at that time were not in any way related to new U.S. Sanctions against Russia or the expulsion of diplomats. The vice president was put in a tough spot. Real credibility problem. Reporter: Certainly does. Vice president pence said at the time he had spoken to Flynn about this. I suspect he and others will want to know what why Flynn now appears to have changed his mind, George. Meantime, Martha, major reversal from president trump on China. He put the one China policy into play during the transition. He had a phone call with the Chinese leader last night. Reporter: Yeah, this seems quite the turnaround. The president, of course, making huge waves after his call with Taiwan's president, the first in decades, that angered China. Now president trump has officially recognized the one China policy. I don't think he would have gotten anywhere with China had that not happened, George. That was the precondition for more talks. Martha Raddatz, thanks very much.

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